Lumbar laminectomy surgery is a procedure that is performed to alleviate persistent, often debilitating pain caused by pressure on the nerves (neural impingement), a herniated disc or to remove a tumor from the spine. During the surgery, the spine surgeon removes a small portion of the bone over the nerve root, known as the lamina, as well as disc material from a herniated or ruptured disc that may be under the nerve root. This gives the nerve root more space and an opportunity to heal.
Low back pain from problems in the lumbar spine can range from mild, dull or annoying pain to persistent, severe and debilitating pain. Pain in the lumbar region of the back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning and activities.
Lumbar laminectomy surgery has a favorable success rate. Approximately 70% to 80% of patients have significant improvement in their ability to perform normal daily activities and a noticeably reduced level of pain and discomfort. Lumbar laminectomy surgery is considered only if nonsurgical treatments have proven to be ineffective.
Structure of the Lumbar Spine
The spinal column, also called the vertebral column or backbone, is made up of 33 vertebrae that are separated by spongy disks. Five of the vertebrae are in the lower back area (lumbar) of the spine. The vertebrae and bones are joined with other parts of the spinal structure that include:
Conditions Treated with Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Spine Services in New York performs lumbar laminectomy surgery as well as a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for conditions that affect the spine.
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